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Who here has read the ENTIRE HOLY Bible, and when you did ask the Holy Spirit to teach and reveal it to you? Who here would rather go by their own beliefs, doctrines, theologies, teachings, and let that be their truth?

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aka,

I have no need to "tear scripture apart" though you may disagree with what I say. If you feel I will not explain my beliefs then you or I can start a new blog about this subject.

And the word is "hos"- which, who, what etc. You can accept or reject it, I have only shared what I know.
---willa5568 on 4/29/11


//[blah, blah, blah] the newer compilation says "he" [yada, yada, yada]...//

Based on what word used?

Anyway, every pronoun is a referent to a preceding subject. What is the subject that is prec...never mind.

I have had the same exact discussion with those who can only tear the scriptures apart and then turn around and use some verses from that same scripture to state a truth. logically, if most of the text is otherwise explainable, then so are the verses that you use.

MarkV, you make a very good point.
---aka on 4/29/11


Mark,

My point was that I don't think this is the proper blog to do this on. But I have no problem with others explaining their side, if you feel you or anyone else should, then please do.
---willa5568 on 4/29/11


Jerry,

Actually the newer translations use the King James as there source text. And due to the enormous amount of manuscripts, which many are much older than the 5-6 used in the King James, most scholars feel the newer translations are much closer to the original because of these findings. The King James is a great translation and I use it also along with many others.
---willa5568 on 4/29/11


Jerry,

Actually the newer translations use the King James as there source text. And due to the enormous amount of manuscripts, which many are much older than the 5-6 used in the King James, most scholars feel the newer translations are much closer to the original because of these findings. The King James is a great translation and I use it also along with many others.
---willa5568 on 4/29/11




Jerry,

When you speak of source texts are you referring to the compiling of the greek manuscripts (which is what the letters were written in originally) or a foundation to begin with? It you refer to the foundation, the King James' was the Bishops bible which came about because of the protestant Geneva bible that was far superior to the Bishops bible or the Great Bible that it was a revision of.

And despite the wonderful translation of the King James the Geneva bible was still the preferred translation until it was banned from printing around 1644.
---willa5568 on 4/29/11


mark,

In response to me not wanting to give an explaination on what I believe, I have given a number of scripture on the blog about Christadephians. You are free to check it and responded here or there.
---willa5568 on 4/29/11


Willa part 2: As you will notice, the reason I said what I did was because of what you just wrote. You said:

"Also, the verse you use from Matthew and Isaiah you have used wrongly. In Isaiah it is not limited to Jesus, read the context, no where does it imply Immanuel is God, but means God with us.
---willa5568 on 4/29/11"


You disagreed with Aka and gave an explanation to why you do, yet you don't want explanations given to you. So you are like a teacher who doesn't want anyone to ask you questions or explain when you are wrong, but want everyone to believe what you say.
---Mark_V. on 4/29/11


aka,

There are different manuscripts used, the one you refer to is the Textus Receptus which had a limited number of manuscripts that were available to Erasmus, who formed it (actually only five or six). Today there are over 5,686, which are much older and differ from the Textus Receptus over 1,800 times. The point is were you say "God", the newer compilation says "he".
And yes, I believe with great confidence scripture does not reveal Christ as God.
Also, the verse you use from Matthew and Isaiah you have used wrongly. In Isaiah it is not limited to Jesus, read the context, no where does it imply Immanuel is God, but means God with us.
---willa5568 on 4/29/11


willa5568: "There are a lot of other great translations along with the King James." You are right. Most all versions do a fine job of translating, but IMHO translation is not the issue at all. Most translations use the corrupted Latin Vulgate as the source text, whereas the KJV was taken from the Greek Textus Receptus whose pedigree stems from Syriac rather than Roman sources. Also, the KJV is honest enough to italicize supplied words.


mima: Your ignorance of things SDA could fill volumes.
---jerry6593 on 4/29/11




Willa, as I said before I do love you no matter what you believe, but what surprises me is that you gave your believes when you said,

"Being a Unitarian, I do not deny the existence of the holy spirit but rather do not accept it to be a person.
I know this is not to argue this issue, though I would like to let you know what I believe about God and Jesus are clearly said and do not need to explanation."


and don't want any explanations to what you believe. So why do you answer others? If they give you an explanation and you don't want it then what is your purpose on line since you have been answering questions for a while, and explanations are given.
---Mark_V. on 4/29/11


willa,

in 1 Tim 3:16, what Greek word is used for 'he'?

(hint - G2316)

Mat 1:23 "Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel" (which means, God with us). [and that is ESV...the same version that uses 'He'.]

Isa 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.

You have the freedom to deny Jesus' deity. I have the freedom (and scripture) to believe.
---aka on 4/28/11


As Tecaher in the Seventh day Adventist church I was required to pass a course in church history. Ellen White at first opposed the Sabbath whioh we did learn from the Seventh day Baptist.

I was not raised in the SDA church. I became a member after two years of study. I also have never quit studying. Which is one of the reason that I have read the entire Bible over ten times in six different translations.

I have always prayed and asked the HOLY SPIRIT to teach me before reading the Bible.
---Samuel on 4/28/11


---mima Lets say Luthers reformation started in 1520 and we are in 2011 that is 491 years ago. Just shall live by faith is 4 times in the bible, and was only introduced into modern christianity in 1520

My point: Not much was known about the word of God untill the reformation. From about 364 to 1522 the word " church" referred to the RCC.
between 1520 and 1844 is 322 years. Since the reformation we have learned much more about what God requires of us, including the heavenly sanctuary, and the sabbath. PS theonly doctrine uniquire to SDA in the sanctuary doctrine. All other doctrines are held in common with denomination which came before the SDA church.

Most denominstion however, still follow RCC, in many doctrines
---Francis on 4/28/11


---mima on 4/28/11
Ellen Wite is NOT the founder of the SDA Church. so your facts are dead wrong. She joined the movement, but was NOT the founder.

And of course you fact contradict itself, If Ellen white whet to heaven and learned about the sabbath, how then was it borroed from Seventh day baptist?
---francis on 4/28/11


aka,

1Timothy says "he was manifest in the flesh", not God.
---willa5568 on 4/28/11


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This from the Internet,
Most Adventists are unaware that their founder, made a trip to heaven, and only then, did she learn that the Sabbath was not abolished. (In spite of what Col 2:14-16 says!) In fact Adventists must swear to accept Ellen White as an inspired prophet at their baptism or they cant even become a member of the Seventh-day Adventist church! Further, Adventists actually borrowed the practice of Sabbath keeping from the Seventh-day Baptists. Only then did Ellen White get her inspired vision!
What about you Francis?
---mima on 4/28/11


If you want to know what SDA believe, there is a book online called "27 Fundamental Beliefs of the Seventh-day Adventist Church." It is free online, and you can read it or portions of it. So you never have to guess or be misstaken about what SDA belive on any particular subject.
---francis on 4/28/11


//...you do not believe JESUS is GOD.// ??? 1Ti 3:16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.

I do not feel the need to force Elohim into Yahweh and splitting Yahweh into three separate 'persons'. The only one of godliness was a person for a very short time.

Yahweh is godliness, the Word is godliness, and the holy spirit is godliness.

//...we believe JESUS is GOD in the Trinity. //

but JWs believe that the Trinity is based on neo-paganistic Babylonian beliefs. Every few months, one person here goes around and around with a few of JWs about this.
---aka on 4/28/11


Steven,

There are a lot of other great translations along with the King James. You have to remember it is a translation and if you are able to read what the translators tell those who read it, you will see they used other translations, such as the bishops bible, Geneva bible, and 85% is the exact wording of William Tyndale's translation.

Also, I have learned without studying words and listening to those who spend their who life doing the same, it is very easy to misunderstand what is meant, that is why there are so many different doctrines. Those who teach are a blessing, and are appointed by God.

The Lord will bear witness if what is said is correct.
---willa5568 on 4/28/11


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Reading the KJV of the bible from beginning to end (twice, if necessary) sets a solid foundation in your belief. Read it through the eyes of a child, not trying to analyze every verse like most christians do. Do not use concordances, dictionaries, opinionated authors interpretations, other christian reference books, or novels. Do not try to understand a verse or concept, it will be revealed to you as you read further. As for the language used in the KJV, keep reading, it's like learning a new language - the more you read the better you'll understand. Pray to God for wisdom and understanding before and after each reading. After reading the book twice, you'll be able to know the difference between the truth and false teachings.
---Steveng on 4/27/11


Speaking of SDA's, there are more than one group. Some certainly build all of their doctrine on the scripture alone. I read some of what Ellen White has written, and she said that either what she said is of God or the Devil. I am sure there are things I disagree with, but as we can see on here, their is a lot of disagreement, even to the point disrespectful words toward fellow believers.

Don't attack a person with different doctrinal believes, but with gentleness share your belief to correct them, because you cannot bring them to the truth by force. Surely someone will be right, both may be partially right or both may be completely wrong. We need to discuss these things and be open to correction, if not then how will we learn the truth.
---willa5568 on 4/27/11


Dear aka I have a problem. You comment on SDA using verses in a way I do not understand you are talking about. Lot of lies are told about us and many confuse us with the Mormons.

You then go on to say you do not believe JESUS is GOD. It is true we believe JESUS is GOD in the Trinity.
---Samuel on 4/27/11


Lee: You claim that SDAs do not get their doctrines from scripture alone, and that they hold the writings of Ellen White on the same level as the Bible. You are WRONG on both counts! But, then again, your anti-Bible doctrine of freedom from the law allows you to lie with impugnity, doesn't it?
---jerry6593 on 4/27/11


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aka,

To begin JW's understanding of who Jesus is, is very different than Christadelphians and Unitarians. JW's believe he is a god, where as we believe he is the Son of God not a god or God the son. I would also like to point out that Trinitarians use the same scripture each time to argue their point, especially John 1:1-3. Being a Unitarian, I do not deny the existence of the holy spirit but rather do not accept it to be a person.
I know this is not to argue this issue, though I would like to let you know what I believe about God and Jesus are clearly said and do not need to explanation.
---willa5568 on 4/26/11


Ignatius

When you say early sources how early? Why do they contridict the Didache? Since it is considered the earliest source.

On Baptismal Regneratio we use similar words in this case. I know there is a slight differnce on our postion. But I do not remeber the details off hand. I would have to research it. But the SDA is more of the Luthern side of the protestant Reformation not the The Reformed or Calvanists.

Although in tracing our doctrinal history we did get some from them also.
---Samule on 4/26/11


willa, i am sorry. the blogs go by very fast, and i do not have time to read everything.

the same verses are used almost universally by JWs, SDAs, Christadelphians, and Unitarians (as i think you are) to deny the deity of Christ Jesus and to deny the existence of the Holy Spirit. And, for some factions, they go on to read Michael as the Messiah.

I just believe in stating the main point and then go from there.

I know the 'Berean' thing is not an issue to most, but the concept is a seriously misused concept like 'rightly dividing'. verse 17:10-11 has a definite referent in the same chapter.

These days you almost always have to delineate what Jesus is being referred to.
---aka on 4/26/11


aka,

I am not a seven day adventist or Jehova witness, so I hope that is not what you are implying about me. And I agree, most people use very little scripture to back what they say, but personally I have no problem using all that is written. I'm not following what you said about "Paul stated that Jesus is the Christ and the Jews at Berea searched the Scriptures to see it is true. It did not say that the Bereans searched the Scripture to find that Michael is the Christ", did I say something to imply this? And what exactly do you mean by "I have taken the issue of 'Bereans' with other Jesus-as-Diety Christians also."?
---willa5568 on 4/26/11


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i did not say everything is useless. i said discussing the same five verses that JWs and SDAs discuss, at some point, becomes useless.

i discuss the verses that avoid the smoke screens. in other words, i try to go around the smokescreen because I was once engaged in several smokescreens.

the explanations of the verses always used are never considered or addressed. Just another nebulous point is used.

Paul stated that Jesus is the Christ and the Jews at Berea searched the Scriptures to see it is true. It did not say that the Bereans searched the Scripture to find that Michael is the Christ.

BTW-I have taken the issue of 'Bereans' with other Jesus-as-Diety Christians also.
---aka on 4/26/11


aka,

I understand very well what the context is. I was using it, wither Jew or not, to point out they did not just say, well this is the Apostle Paul, how can he be wrong. No they weighed and tested what he said by scripture. It does not matter what one reasons with us about, this same rule should apply to everything. If you disagree with this then you are free to accept what one says at face value.
---willa5568 on 4/26/11


aka,

You are a very interesting person to me. On one side you say " However, for me, I have seen the same people (including me) say the same things to the point of uselessness", yet you continue on in what you have called useless. I hope you will reconsider what you said because there may be those who do not reply, but read what is written because they have questions about the subject.

Gods Peace to you brother
---willa5568 on 4/26/11


//we will listen and weigh what is said as the Bereans//

first,
it was not Bereans, it was the Jews in Berea.

second,
Act 17:11 Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica, they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so.

What things are so?

Act 17:2...[Paul] reasoned with them from the Scriptures,
Act 17:3 explaining and proving that it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead, and saying, "This Jesus, whom I proclaim to you, is the Christ."

Will you really listen to text in context?
---aka on 4/25/11


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Samuel,

And based upon several Scriptures (and how the first generation of Christians interpreted them) and the writings of the Early Church Fathers, we must also conclude that Infant Baptism was practiced by the Church at a very early period. One must conclude that it was sanctioned by the Apostles themselves.

The Didache itself is not a complete thesis of Christian teachings, and we must not look at it as such. Although the first century does not provide any direct references to Infant Baptism, it's antiquity is attested in the 2nd century.

And while on the subject, the Ancient Church believed in Baptismal Regeneration, as the Bible teach. But most Protestants reject that. Strange, isn't it?

In IC.XC.,
---Ignatius on 4/25/11


LETS GET THE RECORD STRAIGHT HERE...

Orthodox/RCC final authority and Spiritual source is based ONLY ON MEN TRADITIONS.

You both subscribe to magisterium!

MAGISTERIUM IS YOUR SCRIPTURE!

The Bible is only a secondary source, used only to prove your distorted Pagan beliefs and rituals.
---John on 4/25/11


But then the RCC reject some of the teachings also like adult baptism from the Didache. " (Samuel)

Stop being silly Samuel. The RCC baptize Adults, and you know it.

In IC.XC.,
---Ignatius

Thank you for correcting me. My speech what not exact. I should have said that the RCC does not recognize that adult baptism is the only recognized type of baptism and it was by immersion except where water was not available. This is what the Didache and the Bible teach.

It is always best be precise and not sloppy.
---Samuel on 4/24/11


I find the arguments on this blog interesting. We say we don't know everything there is about the Bible, yet we criticize others who do not believe as we do. There is no doubt scripture is our foundation, but if we are not willing to listen, not with the intent to argue, but to learn what others understand about scripture, we are in a place were we, first-feel our beliefs are the only ones right, second-we are unable to learn or admit we are wrong.

I hope instead of arguing and being derogatory towards one another, we will listen and weigh what is said as the Bereans, not the teaching of your Church.
---willa5568 on 4/24/11


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//We are the ones who get ALL of our doctrines SOLA SCRIPTURA.

Either Adventists do not understand what sola scriptura (scripture alone) really is, or they simply lie about it.

If sola scriptura really characterized their denominational beliefs, then why did they need to put Ellen White's writings on the same leval as scripture itself?
---leej on 4/25/11


Cluny: "The SDA are among those who ignore the plain teachings of the Bible to maintain their preconceived beliefs and traditions."

You obviously know not of which you speak. We are the ones who get ALL of our doctrines SOLA SCRIPTURA. You Othos on the other hand get your beliefs from your revered church fathers and other traditions of men.
---jerry6593 on 4/23/11


\\Most respondents on this site tend to seek interpretations of the Bible whereby they can disregard the plain teaching and commands of the Bible in order to maintain their preconceived beliefs and traditions\\

The SDA are among those who ignore the plain teachings of the Bible to maintain their preconceived beliefs and traditions.
---Cluny on 4/22/11


"But then the RCC reject some of the teachings also like adult baptism from the Didache. " (Samuel)

Stop being silly Samuel. The RCC baptize Adults, and you know it.

In IC.XC.,
---Ignatius on 4/22/11


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Then I would suggest you continue to read more because the writings of the early fathers supported doctrines that Protestants reject.
---Philomena

YOu are correct on some doctrines. Particuraly Martydom. But then the RCC reject some of the teachings also like adult baptism from the Didache.

Do you have any particular doctrine in mind? Because sometimes the early church Fathers disagreed on some doctrines.
---Samuel on 4/22/11


Most respondents on this site tend to seek interpretations of the Bible whereby they can disregard the plain teaching and commands of the Bible in order to maintain their preconceived beliefs and traditions. Antipathy to the seventh-day Sabbath is a good example.
---jerry6593 on 4/22/11


trav //Reading the Bible is not enough...to understand the Bible.

If you have rejected the salvation offered to you the Bible may only be just another piece of literature.
---leej on 1/23/11

Excellant example leej. I'll help you make the point again above.
Little cut n paste you can make me sound like I don't believe Christ,and "All" Prophets. All Apostles and the witnesses of.

Reading alone does not give understanding of scripture. I'm a reader. I tried to read it for years.
Is by precept + that the whole is linked.
Endle$$ $tack$ of commentaries make money but, never satisfy or answer.....as we've seen. Thanks.
---Trav on 3/10/11


Eloy on 3/1/11 does your post on this day say that you know God by signs that you saw?
---Elder on 3/9/11


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--Such a God as we have cannot be found out by searching. He can be known only as He is revealed to the heart by the Holy Spirit. You can read the Bible over and over, and no revelation of God could come unless He reveals it.-- Mark_V

1. Jesus (who is God in the flesh) told us to SEEK the kingdom of God and His righteousness

2. The words of scripture are INSPIRED by the Holy Spirit

3. The Bible is God's book of revelation. He is revealing himself to us thru its words.

The words have POWER. You can feel it as you read.
---CraigA on 3/9/11


When you read the entire bible "rightly divided" you should realize why Paul wrote what he wrote, such as
Rom 15:4,8, 16:25 etc.
---michael_e on 3/8/11


"I have a book of the Early Church fathers letters ... The orthodox and the RCC claim to think highly of these books. But what I read sounded very Protestant." Samuel

Then I would suggest you continue to read more because the writings of the early fathers supported doctrines that Protestants reject.
---Philomena on 3/7/11


Dear Philomena

I will stand by those tradtions that agree with Scripture. I will not accept as a tradition those saying from hunderds of years latter long after the death of the apostles and early church Fathers which contridict both the Bible and in many cases early church fathers.

Have you ever wondered why Tradition is elevate above scripture?
---Samuel on 3/3/11


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I have read through the Holy Bible along with the God. I recall at the beginning when I started reading the Bible, that when I got to the last verse of each page I did not have to turn the page, for the Lord himself turned the pages for me. There was no window open for any wind to turn the pages, so I did not think about it until later that it must be God. And when I got to the part about the hail coming down on the Egyptians, it started to hail outside in sunny southern california, again this must have been God bringing the scriptures to life for me. And many other things my Lord has done for me.
---Eloy on 3/1/11


What do you mean when you say the "Bible was mostly the Old Testament"? Are you aware that it was the Catholic Church that put together the books of the New Testament?

Paul told us to "stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by letter" (2 Thess. 2:15). If you want to follow this teaching in the Bible, the traditions passed down from the Apostles who were with Jesus are clearly to be followed.
---Philomena on 2/28/11


I have read the whole Bible in more then one version always with prayer asking where GOD will lead me.

I have a book of the Early Church fathers letters. I have also read it. I have also read the Didache. The orthodox and the RCC claim to think highly of these books. But what I read sounded very Protestant. Their Bible was mostly the Old Testament which today many reject. I never once read where they stated traditon is above scripture.

I want to go by the bible like the Chuch fathers that I read said to do.
---Samuel on 2/28/11


Interesting question, however, has anyone read the fathers of the church to see what the Apostles and early church understood and taught about Jesus, the Church, and the writings that eventually became the Bible? People in the early church didn't have a bible to carry around. What about their wisdom? Also, Protestants removed 7 books from the Holy Bible, so which Bible are you referring to?
---Philomena on 2/27/11


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After I joined the Seventh day Adventist church my friends and Pastor encouraged me to spend time in the Word. I loved JESUS and could not get enough of reading his word. I read the whole Bible cover to cover understanding it's context the first time in six weeks while I was going to college. Then on a longer basis. I have read more then 6 different translations of the bible cover to cover.

I have read books on understanding the Bible by authors from different relgious traditions. I study in context. I also remeber Paul's statement all scripture is for doctrine. Unlike those who say Paul is wrong.
---Samuel on 2/1/11


Lee: Like you, I have read the entire Bible through many times, and always preceeded by prayer. I agree with you that the denominations you mentioned uphold the traditions of men over the written Word of God. The New Testament writers upheld the entirety of the Old Testament as:

2Ti 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

Yet there are many "New Testament" Christians who seem to think that the God of the Old Testament was a different person or was simply mistaken.
---jerry6593 on 2/1/11


You may not understand all you read in the bible, but the Spirit will reveal some things to you.
On the other hand if you don't read the Bible you won't understand any of it.
In 2 Timothy it says "Study to show thy self approved..."
---Harold on 1/24/11


trav //Reading the Bible is not enough...to understand the Bible.

Very true, as they are scholars that simply view the Bible as anything but the words of the Creator. They have even written books highly critical of the Bible.

The vice moderator of the PCUSA views the Bible only as a reference point, not as the word of God and that according to his clear statement.

2Co 4:4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

If you have rejected the salvation offered to you the Bible may only be just another piece of literature.
---leej on 1/23/11


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Such a God as we have cannot be found out by searching. He can be known only as He is revealed to the heart by the Holy Spirit. You can read the Bible over and over, and no revelation of God could come unless He reveals it. While it is true that creation demonstrates a Creator so plainly that men are without excuse, yet we finite people cannot understand His ways unless He reveals them to us by the Holy Spirit.
---Mark_V. on 1/22/11


It is surprising to me that the others who call themselves Christians, spend their time saying how many times they have read the Bible.
---aka on 1/19/11

If you notice, these are the same ones who expect their polished doctrine/opinion to carry the whole convincing load in their testimoney. (A sign/mark). They will not address witnesses again them in scripture. Can't.

Reading the Bible is not enough...to understand the Bible.
Precept upon precept, witness upon witness by Prophets and men of GOD is to understand GOD's purpose. If our Lord has been asked, it may be revealed. Even the apostles had to ask...and it was opened to them.
Precept examples...royal priesthood...OT and New Covenant. Sticks....
---Trav on 1/21/11


I agree Adetunji. It's like the Parable of the Talents wherein we're to take what the Holy Spirit gives us, from Scripture, to live (practice, invest, walk in) for the increase of God's Kingdom & His glory in Heaven, & on earth. Then, the Lord will be pleased & give an increase in talents (figuratively speaking: understanding & knowledge) to His obedient servants.

But, woe to those who don't honor the Lord with their talents because they'll be taken away. In other words, they'll be bankrupt in understanding & knowledge because of their unprofitable ways.

Bottomline: It's one thing to merely read the Bible & completely another to live by what the Lord has given us to understand, & know from Scripture. :)
---Leon on 1/21/11


read the bible every year for several years, but reading it from Genesis to revelation alone cannot help to follow your own doctrines. we need to study also topically and bible discussions are of extreme importance. finally the reading of different doctrinal works especially the creeds. Many who refuse doing that will become obstinate and misguided. did you know that Mohamed before establishing Islam was well aquanted with the holy scriptures, OT especially, and that entire parts of Jesus life comes directly from the Protevangelium of Thomas? makes us wonder doesn't it? truth is we all need a reference and indeed when you listen to the holy Spirit you'l find out what is doctrine is from God and which are from demons.
---andy3996 on 1/21/11


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Satan knows the Bible more than human-beings but is no longer willing to be submissive to God. What is important to you should be Obedience to God in Jesus Christ in all things. May God help you to obey.
---Adetunji on 1/21/11


Nearly 30 years ago, a lady on the job said to me, "I've read the Bible many times & it seems to contradict a lot of things, & doesn't make any sense." I asked her if she was a Christian, i.e., believed God sent His son into the world, thru virgin birth, to save the world from sin & he died on the cross but rose victoriously on the 3d day. She told me that didn't make any sense to her. So, she was basically trying to intellectualize the Bible without benefit of the Holy Spirit guiding her. Many people are like that, digging themselves deeper n deeper in the hole of sinful confusion.
---Leon on 1/20/11


Yes, I've read it numerous times. And asked the Holy Spirit to reveal its' truths to me.
But do you think that if others have prayed for understanding from the Holy Spirit, that they will necessarily see all scriptures the same way you do? No. It's doesn't work that way. If you spent all your time reading scripture, you still could not understand everything the Holy Spirit could teach you.
You will have areas of ignorance...and so will other people. But they might have understanding that you do not yet have.

It IS important to read the entire Bible as often as possible so that you will get the BIG picture and see individual verses in a broader context.
---Donna66 on 1/19/11


I've read the whole Bible. But the blog question sounds rhetorical, with the "right" answer implied in the question. So I won't respond to that. :-)
---John.usa on 1/19/11


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I have found it vital, rewarding and illuminating to read the Bible cover to cover, repeatedly. It is God's story, His Truth, from the beginning to the end and therefore impossible to comprehend when read piecemeal.

The way some argue here shows they are not intimate with the flow of the whole of Scripture. They base a doctrine on a verse without understanding because they do not know that Scripture interprets Scripture.

Let me encourage all those who have as yet not done so to begin at the beginning and persist to the end. Then repeat the process.
---Warwick on 1/18/11


//It is surprising to me that those who call themselves Christians,spend very little time either in reading the Bible, God's Word, or even in prayer.//

It is surprising to me that the others who call themselves Christians, spend their time saying how many times they have read the Bible.
---aka on 1/19/11


michael_e //It is a good thing to read the entire Bible,if you read it in context and rightly divided

If continue to do that, you will never qualify to become a Seventh Day Adventist because often they really refuse to read the Bible in its context nor can they rightly divide or make any distinctions between the Old and New Covenants.
---leej on 1/18/11


It is a good thing to read the entire Bible,if you read it in context and rightly divided
---michael_e on 1/17/11


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Read it last year. Start on NT again sometime next month much slower this time. Did NT in 30 days.
---Scott on 1/17/11


I have read the whole bible in 3 weeks time during my overnight job when I was 20. that was too extreme,but I was hungry for the word,so when it was slow for 2hours,after I cleaned the gasstation & restocked freezer ect,usually from 2-4 I had time. Now I read it through a year on a daily reading schedule from genisis to rev.
---Candice on 1/17/11


Cluny //And anyone who is NOT Orthodox merely follows their own ideas, if not traditions and precepts of other men.

Do you really expect anyone to believe that?

If you could put a number on the traditions that the Orthodox, Roman Catholic and other so-called Apostolic Succession denominations have, you would find they are far more into tradition than other denominations.
---leej on 1/17/11


Having been a student of the Bible for several decades as well as active in a Bible distribution society, I used to read a different version every year.

However, every time I pick it up, I find myself learning something new. And Christianet has also given me much insight into the Bible as others have pointed out things that I seldom if ever given much thought to.

It is surprising to me that those who call themselves Christians,spend very little time either in reading the Bible, God's Word, or even in prayer.

I think much depends upon the type of church one goes to as well as the kind of family one was raised in.
---leej on 1/17/11


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Nobody has but you leslie nobody but you.
---Pharisee on 1/17/11


humbleness,meekness,the knowledge that truth lives within God,that truth is God. Leslie,God has given the world the bible so we might see the written truth,and hear the truth when it is spoken.
---tom2 on 1/17/11


I've read the whole Bible.

And anyone who is NOT Orthodox merely follows their own ideas, if not traditions and precepts of other men.
---Cluny on 1/17/11


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